Video: Enka-R&B song about Kansai Airport

Who knew R&B and enka went well together? Apparently this guy, Freddie, who has become somewhat famous in Japan for this love song, called Kansai Kuukou (Kansai Airport). I have never heard of him before and am finding very little information about him online, but according to the Asahi he’s an ex-marine from Alabama who used to perform at bars and lounges in Kobe but was inspired several years ago to incorporate a Misora Hibari song into his repertoire. He calls this genre “ensoul” — enka + soul. Interesting…

(Thanks, Kazu Y!)

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